Is Saw Palmetto Effective Like Finasteride as a DHT Blocker?

Many DHT induced hair loss patients are sceptical about using Finasteride for hair growth as it is known to cause side effects in some users. 

In the light of this development, Saw Palmetto takes the spotlight as it is believed to have no side effects as it is a natural product obtained from the bark of the Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) tree that grows up to 10 feet tall.

But, the million-dollar question is whether Saw Palmetto promotes hair growth, can it ensure hair regrowth on the bald scalp or is it a safe alternative to Finasteride as claimed? What is the truth?

In this educational video, Dr John Watts – a noted dermatologist, trichologist and hair transplant surgeon in Hyderabad – enlightens viewers of his popular YouTube channel about the above issue. He has successfully performed over 1900+ hair transplant procedures so far. 

Saw Palmetto: Facts

The saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) tree is used for medicinal purposes. Its bark is known to have natural DHT blocking properties that act against androgenetic baldness i.e hereditary baldness and prevent hair loss.

Promote hair growth.

“However, unlike US FDA approved Finasteride, which is a DHT blocking drug to control Androgenetic baldness, there is no approval for Saw Palmetto based drugs in the open market,” said Dr John Watts.

Saw Palmetto: Efficacy Study

Researchers have conducted an efficacy study to find out where it stands vis-à-vis Finasteride when it comes to preventing Androgenetic study. For this, two groups of hair loss patients with Androgenetic alopecia were selected for a research study. 

“While one group of patients was given 320 mg of Saw Palmetto based drug, the other group was given 1 mg of Finasteride,” informed Dr John Watts.

Study Results:

The results were astonishing. It was found that there was no considerable progress in the group that was administered Saw Palmetto based drug, while the results were quite opposite with the group that took Finasteride drug.

“This shows that Finasteride – which is a chemical compound and enjoys FDA approval for use - is a better DHT blocker than Saw Palmetto based drug,” explained Dr John Watts.

What’s more, Saw Palmetto users in the group also complained about several adverse side effects like headache & nausea. “Though Finasteride also is known to cause side effects to 2% users, Saw Palmetto seems to have other side effects like Hepatitis and Pancreatitis,” explained Dr John.

How to Use Saw Palmetto?

Dr John Watts informed the viewers of his popular YouTube channel that Saw Palmetto based drug is available in myriad forms. “There are shampoos, tablets in 160 mg and 320 mg as well as in liquid extracts form. Children and pregnant are advised against its use,” said Dr John Watts.

Hence, Dr John Watts strictly warned users against taking Saw Palmetto drugs without first consulting a dermatologist. “Self-prescription should be avoided at any cost as it may lead to adverse consequences,” advised Dr John Watts, while urging the viewers to share the video among their friends for awareness.

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